Saturday, June 30, 2018

Rodeo Bull

11x15 Lanaquarelle hot press paper/Daniel Smith watercolors done today from a black & white image, not an easy task.  This is featured on current challenge on WetCanvas Southwest/Western forum for July.
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Sangria Flower

10.5x4 alcohol inks on white freezer/deli paper done this afternoon using only one color ink, Sangria, and one green, Lettuce, for the stem and leaves.
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Overblown Rose

2.5x3.5 alcohol inks on foamcore done this afternoon using only one red, Sangria, and one green, Lettuce inks.  This is how my roses look now due to the hot weather and high winds beating them to death.  See actual size below.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Green Cheeked Parakeet

2.5x3.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted today as one of the animal and wildlife photos I've posted in a WetCanvas forum June challenge.

Actual size below:

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summer Poppies

6.5x13 alcohol inks on white freezer paper completed today.  What started out Sunday afternoon as a seascape ended up a garden scene of red poppies which I like much better.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Giraffes Grazing

7x10 mixed watermedia collage on Canson mixed media paper. Drawn with an orange Magic colored pencil, then a fast underpainting with transparent pyrrol orange/quinacridone gold watercolors was done.  When dry, I added brown and quin burnt orange patterns with some green, then the bg foliage.  After that dried I used brown torn tissue paper that had small squares and a giftwrap paper featuring colored circles, adhered with matte medium.  Lastly, I used a blue Magic pencil to make calligraphy marks in bg trees and bushes.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Foxgloves House Garden

22X15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Saunders paper, an imaginary foxgloves and assorted flowers house garden.  The house was from another photo taken in east Texas.
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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hydrangea Vase

14x11 watercolor of a brown glass vase and blue hydrangeas on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, painted wet into wet allowing colors to blend and mix in this floral still life.
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Friday, June 22, 2018


5x7.5 watercolor of my south studio wall bathed in sunlight that is caressing the roses and casting shadows.  Shutters are now painted green and window trim is pink.  This miniature is painted on 140 lb cold press Saunders paper.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Floral on Black

14x11 poured acrylics on black painted canvas done last week, no brush, no reference, just the paint and a palette knife.  I tried to make red poppies and a lily.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Magic Afternoon

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper sketched first on my patio of annuals and potted pansies.  The sun was casting its shadows onto the flowers, garden chair and table, during this time.  This work is SOLD.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Watchful Window Cat

9.5x7 watercolor and ink line on Ecosystem sketchbook begun yesterday then finished today.  The kitty in the window is part of another WetCanvas challenge for the month.  Windows appear bowed but are really straight in the art.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Radishes Riot

11x15 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper completed today from my grocery store photo of radishes.  Some are white radishes. See other images below showing the pencil sketch and beginning painting that is divided into multiple rectangular sections.  Each area is its own little painting.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018


9x12 watercolor and inks on paper done in 2014 as an assignment homework for Sketchbook Skool. Encouragement was given to visit a zoo or natural history museum to render animals from life.  If you had no such around you were to use toy figurines, a practice I've been doing for many years.  I had a mare and baby zebra so used those with the poses you see here.  At the end watercolor was splattered and washed at random, then letter stamps used to spell out zebra.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Lacy Pink floral

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done yesterday using only two colors:  Cabernet and Lettuce.  Greenery was added using a wooden chopstick with only a drop on its tip.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bonnie's Cats

8x6 watercolor pencil in dark brown, a sketch of fellow artist Bonnie's cats as they were soaking up the sun in her doorway.  This was done yesterday as part of the current weekend drawing event on WetCanvas! online and was completed in under an hour on Ecosystem sketchbook.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Splashing Waves

11x14 poured acrylics on canvas done yesterday in a class on the subject, very messy but worth the effort for this abstract seascape.  Silicone oil and Floetrol were mixed in the paint.  No brushes or predrawing.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Feline Close up

8.25x5.25 ink pen, Lictin 0.3 on junk journal page in old discarded book, a tabby cat resting on the bar ledge, done last month.
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Turtle Head

5.5x8.5 watercolor, ink and Brusho on Masters sketchbook done over the past few days with a ref from my online WetCanvas challenge courtesy Morguefile free photos.
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Purple Cow

11x15 mixed media done yesterday on Dick Blick watercolor paper 140 lb cold press. Sketched in pencil, then followed by Crayola washable markers, Crayola crayon, watercolor, and black India ink.
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Charming Chair

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Saunders done several years ago from my front studio porch photo. I'd just bought several geraniums and annuals to plant in the window boxes and set them in the antique chair.  This work was SOLD afterwards and the customer also bought the old chair.  I kept the plants.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Roman Statue

8.5x11 black Tombow brush pen on Crescent sketchbook done several days ago as a part of WetCanvas contest.  I did crop the statue's body to focus on the head.  The paper was too wet hence the splotchy ink on the right side.  These ancient marble statues are something to see.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018


20x26 poured watercolor onto dry Saunders 140 lb cold press paper. This is an older mixed media abstract work taken back to the easel.  I put torn masking tape over it first and long strips at random. With no preconceived ideas I laid torn paper doily placemat pieces then spray painted those. After all dried, removed tape and confetti came to mind, then portions of playing cards painted using real ones for reference. I put 5 and a 3 for the year I was hatched, and a King of Hearts the K for my initial. The 2 of Hearts upper right means the 2 that can go with the 3 card for 23rd, my birthday date. Lastly I used real feathers to paint negatively red, green, yellow, blue feathers around eye holes then developed eye masks in the lower part, two obvious masks and there's a third one hidden.  See if you can spot it.  The whole thing is a  Mardi Gras mess and was it was fun to do a  fairly abstract piece.  The playing cards are actual size.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Key Lime Slice

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on Masters sketchbook page done today as part of an ongoing love affair I have with limes.  Pie or cheesecake featuring the small green citrus fruit is nice as is a slice on the salty edge of a margarita or a swirl (sangria + frozen margarita), and even iced tea.  Micron 01 pen used to do initial sketch.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bougainvillea Vines

5x13 fuchsia pink and pale orange-pink alcohol ink bougainvillea leaves, inspired today by one I bought at Johansen's nursery.  All the leaves including the colored tips are soft and thin and the inks did a nice job as far as texture goes.  I used Senorita Magenta, Flamingo, and Lettuce colors and a wooden chopstick to lay in the green vines and leaves.  This was done on white freezer paper on the shiny side.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Weaver Bird

6x6 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper drawn yesterday for a WetCanvas challenge as hosted by Virginia, then painted today.  I loved the nest made of grass the weaver bird has made for its home.
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

May Tulip

11x5 alcohol inks on white freezer/deli paper (shiny side) done a few days ago in May, an imaginary tulip yellow and red.  Stem and leaves were made with the tip of a wooden chopstick with a drop of green then black, allowed to dry, then put a drop of 91% alcohol before drawing.
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Peony Shadows

9x12 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper begun several days ago and finished today, from my peony photos.  This bloom is white and I've tinted it in soft lilac, pink, gold, and blue partially in an underpainting.  Shadows were added last using 2-3 glazes and background is a mix of indigo, thalo blue and green, and quinacridone gold.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Begging Dog

7x9.5 mixed media sketch on Ecosystem sketchbook begun yesterday while waiting on a clinic appointment, then color added today.  I used a Uniball Vision Elite pen, watercolor, and Montana acrylic markers.
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